Samara PhelpsExecutive Director
Samara is responsible for the overall management of the tourism program and is lead staff support to the TDC.
Danielle CowanSpecial Projects & Strategic Partnerships
Danielle is responsible for regional level special projects, and represents Oregon's Mt. Hood Territory for both national and statewide strategic initiatives.
Janice NilsonAdministrative Analyst
Janice is the glue that holds the team together and is responsible for the day to day management of the office.
Jim AustinCommunity Relations Lead
Jim is the TCA liaison to the local level. He represents TCA at Chamber functions, coordinates the Community Partnership Program process, he oversees the matching fund programs and assists applicants with a complete application and provides assistance to new partners in learning how to work with TCA opportunities.
Aaron LiersemannDevelopment Specialist
Aaron is one of the Destination Development Specialists in the department. He works under the direction of the Destination Development Lead. His work involves developing tourism programs with local businesses in the areas of international travel trade, heritage and cultural tourism as well as agritourism and outdoor recreation.
Jeannie PanchalDevelopment Specialist
As a Destination Development Specialists in the department, Jeannie works under the direction of the Destination Development Lead. Her work involves international travel trade missions, familiarization tours and new product development as well as facilitating the implementation of water tourism and sustainability strategies.
Jeannine BreshearsMarketing & Programs Manager
Jeannine is responsible for the coordination of the marketing materials including printed, digital, advertising and promotions. She works closely with the marketing agency, Borders Perrin Norrander (BPN), and manages the coordination of the marketing contracts for international and packaged/group marketing, website, fulfillment, and the RCMP programs through Travel Oregon.
Ithaca JanzenMarketing Assistant
Ithaca is responsible for assisting the marketing/communications team with the day to day marketing efforts. She supports the development and proofing of business-to-business printed materials, maintains the TCA database of partners and the website, keeps the lodging listings and calendar of events up to date on the web, coordinates co-op advertising sales, and assists in reporting research studies.
Annie Bailey AustinCommunications & Public Relations Lead
Annie is the media relations contact and oversees the public relations communication strategy. She works with publications and freelance writers to both proactively pitch story ideas for the Territory as well as to respond to requests for assistance from the media. She arranges educational (FAM) trips for qualified media. She maintains a database of up to date media contacts, supplies information for guides/directories and serves as the spokesperson for the Territory to the travel media. She assists local businesses and events in the Territory to create media plans.
Casey KnopikCommunications Specialist - Public Relations
Casey works with Annie to execute the public relations and communications strategy for Oregon’s Mt. Hood Territory. He also manages the RCTP public relations efforts and serves as the main contact for Travel Oregon, the Portland Region, the Willamette Valley and the Hood-Gorge region callouts and requests.
Jarrod LymanCommunications Specialist Senior
Jarrod handles Mt. Hood Territory’s day-to-day social media presence and local media relations. He also creates and distributes The Territory’s monthly email newsletter, as well as regularly writes original content for its blog. Other duties include handling in-house design and production of promotional materials and presentations, as well as creating photo and video content for multiple channels. Chat with him at #OMHT.
Molly JohnsonCommunications Specialist - Content, Social Media
Molly works with Jarrod to implement the teams content and social media objectives on the website, social channels and printed publications. Writing and proofing articles for the website, coordinating Facebook Live partner features weekly, curating and soliciting for photo and video content and managing the yearly content calendar. Additional duties include collaborating with the PR team on special projects and working with our advertising agency, BPN, on campaigns and creative. #OMHT